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Poor Work-Life Balance Leads To Poor Health Later In Life

health sleep workIncreasing life pressures have pushed people to work more and to sleep less. Long working hours have been found to have adverse effects on mental health and cardiovascular health.

Key takeaways:

  • The average sleeping duration has fallen from nine hours per night in 1910 to less than seven hours today.
  • Poor work-life balance in mid-life will often lead to health problems much later. People working more than 55 hours a week are at greater risk of stroke.
  • Sleep deprivation due to long working hours leads to anxiety, increased risk of death, depression, stroke, and myocardial infarction.

In older age, participants scored lower on the RAND scale for physical functioning, vitality, and general health, compared with those who had normal work and sleep patterns.

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